NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour standings: Breaking down the top 10 in points after Riverhead

Only three points separate the top three drivers in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour standings heading into the final two races of the 2022 season.

After claiming his fourth win of the year at Riverhead Raceway on Saturday night, three-time Tour champion Justin Bonsignore has erased the deficit stemming from his poor start to put himself well within striking distance of adding another title to his prestigious resume.

RELATED: Complete results from Riverhead Raceway

With all the momentum favoring Bonsignore as he pursues a third consecutive championship, points leader Jon McKennedy and 2011 champion Ron Silk will find themselves playing both offense and defense with two historic tracks in Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park and Martinsville Speedway ahead.

Below is a breakdown of how the top 10 drivers in the standings fared during the Eddie Partridge 256, along with a complete look at the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour standings.

Drivers line up on pit road during the Eddie Partridge 256 at Riverhead Raceway. (Photo: Mike Lawrence/NASCAR)
  1. Jon McKennedy: 526 points 

The last thing McKennedy needed was a mediocre performance at Riverhead. Bonsignore winning the Eddie Partridge 256 and Silk finishing third only compounded the consequences of McKennedy’s 10th-place run, as his lead in the standings has been reduced to just three points.

  1. Justin Bonsignore: 523 points

A couple months ago, Bonsignore was nowhere near the championship fight being settled between McKennedy and Silk. Two consecutive victories at Oswego Speedway and Riverhead, along with an average finish of 3.6 over the last five races, has allowed Bonsignore to emerge as the title favorite with two races remaining.

  1. Ron Silk: 523 points 

Despite putting together one of the most consistent seasons of his career, Silk has yet to take his car to Victory Lane in 2022. Silk put together another solid performance at Riverhead with a third, but he now finds himself in a tie for second with Bonsignore.

  1. Eric Goodale: 504 points

Goodale remains a dark horse candidate for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour title, but time is running out for him to erase a 22-point deficit. A quiet night for Goodale in the Eddie Partridge 256 saw him come home in fifth for his fourth top five on the 2022 season.

  1. Austin Beers: 479 points 

The only rookie who has run every race of the Tour season, Beers is now fifth in the point standings heading into the penultimate race at Thompson. Beers just narrowly missed out on his second top five of the year with a sixth-place finish at Riverhead.

  1. Tommy Catalano: 470 points

Catalano rebounded from a disappointing showing at Oswego but was still unable to crack the top 10 by the time the checkered flag was displayed. The 12th-place finish by Catalano at Riverhead dropped him outside the top five in the point standings.

  1. Kyle Bonsignore: 469 points

A different pit strategy nearly resulted in the other member of the Bonsignore family visiting Riverhead’s Victory Lane. Unfortunately for Kyle, he would get swept up in a late-race accident with Silk, forcing him to settle for a disappointing, 21st-place finish.

  1. Craig Lutz: 466 points

Lutz picked up another top 10 in the Eddie Partridge 256 on Saturday evening by finishing seventh. After scoring only one top 10 in the first 10 races, Lutz now has four in a row, which includes his victory at Thompson back in August.

  1. Doug Coby: 408 points

A three-time winner at Riverhead, Coby could not quite match the pace set by Bonsignore in Saturday’s Eddie Partridge 256. Despite this, Coby still finished fourth and further padded out Tommy Baldwin’s advantage in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour owner points.

  1. J.B. Fortin: 360 points

The Eddie Partridge 256 proved to be another rough evening for Fortin. An accident with Riverhead regular Dylan Slepian knocked Fortin out of the race after 85 laps, which relegated him to 23rd.

Pos. Driver Points Starts Wins 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th Top 5 Top 10
1 Jon McKennedy 526 14 1 1 0 4 1 2 7 12
2 Justin Bonsignore 523 14 4 1 0 0 2 2 7 11
3 Ron Silk 523 14 0 2 4 1 1 0 8 11
4 Eric Goodale 504 14 0 2 0 1 1 2 4 9
5 Austin Beers * 479 14 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 6
6 Tommy Catalano 470 14 0 1 0 0 1 1 2 6
7 Kyle Bonsignore 469 14 0 1 0 1 1 2 3 8
8 Craig Lutz 466 14 1 0 1 0 0 1 2 7
9 Doug Coby 408 10 3 0 1 1 1 0 6 10
10 J.B. Fortin 360 13 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2
11 Patrick Emerling 330 10 0 2 2 0 0 0 4 6
12 Dave Sapienza 324 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 Gary McDonald 314 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 Walter Sutcliffe Jr. 308 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 Melissa Fifield 285 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 Ken Heagy 272 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
17 Matt Hirschman 257 6 1 2 1 1 1 0 6 6
18 Tyler Rypkema 230 7 0 1 0 0 2 0 3 3
19 Timmy Solomito 201 6 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 4
20 Jake Johnson * 193 6 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 4
21 Andrew Krause 179 6 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 3
22 Donny Lia 173 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
23 Kyle Ebersole 169 6 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2
24 Jimmy Blewett 139 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
25 James Pritchard, Jr. * 130 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
26 Dylan Slepian * 122 4 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 2
27 Mike Christopher, Jr. * 120 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 2
28 Kyle Soper 119 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 3
29 Ronnie Williams 119 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
30 Ryan Preece 111 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3
31 Matt Kimball * 106 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
32 Eddie McCarthy * 105 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
33 Spencer Davis 102 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
34 John Beatty, Jr. 101 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
35 Sam Rameau 94 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1
36 Bobby Santos, III 94 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
37 Anthony Nocella 88 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
38 Brian Roble * 86 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
39 Chuck Hossfeld 84 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 2
40 Anthony Sesely 78 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
41 Chris Young * 76 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
42 Chris Turbush * 76 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
43 Matt Brode * 73 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
44 Roger Turbush 72 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
45 JR Bertuccio 72 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
46 Max McLaughlin * 70 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
47 Jacob Perry * 63 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
48 Eddie Brunnhoelzl 58 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
49 Tom Rogers, Jr. 43 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
50 Jeremy Gerstner 42 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
51 Todd Patnode * 39 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
52 John Baker 38 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
53 Blake Barney 35 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
54 Corey LaJoie 35 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
55 Joey Coulter 34 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
56 Ryan Newman 32 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
57 Jamie Tomaino 30 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
58 Mike Leaty * 30 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
59 John Fortin 29 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
60 Gary Putnam 29 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
61 Steve Dickey, Jr. * 28 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
62 Jack Ely * 28 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
63 Andy Seuss 22 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
64 Paul Charette * 21 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
65 Bryan Dauzat 20 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
66 Danny Bohn 20 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0